HK Holistic Start-Up Training

Welcome to the HK Holistic Start-Up Training Programme held in HK at HKBU.

HK Holistic Start-Up Training

This program is designed for:

  • Academic to Commercialize their IP

  • Students, alumni, and teaching staff who will run or are running start-ups

Developed and Lead by:

Prof. Ikhlaq Sidhu, Founding Director and Chief Scientist, UC Berkeley Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology. Author of Innovation Engineering

What Participants Can Learn:

  • How to developing your new venture story

  • How to avoid common mistakes in execution of product and business development

  • Map leading edge technologies and research projects into markets and business models

  • The role of innovation mindset and behavior

  • Innovation leadership

  • Execution while learning and inductive learning

  • Technology strategy

  • Mindsets and behaviors for innovation and entrepreneurship

  • The Innovation Engineering framework to create anything new

  • Lead innovative new projects with less risk within an existing firm or new venture

Program Schedule:

  • Nov 18: Module 0 - Kick-off

  • Nov 21: Approach to innovation

  • Nov 28: Week of Team Meetings plus assignment due at end of week

  • Dec 5: Innovation Leadership

  • Dec 12: Wrap-Up

Module 0: Kick-off on Nov 18

Welcome to the HKBU Holistic Startup Training Programme

Objective: Holistic Understanding

Guide your path to research impact and commercialization.

  • Advanced technology is not enough

  • Activity is not the same as progress

  • A logical business plan presentation is not the same a venture

  • A highly skilled team is not enough.


Navigator tool to reinforce inductive learning in the project:

Slide iNav ver. S1.1

Team Assignment:

  1. Attend the kick-off session and/or watch the corresponding video.

  2. Use the concepts from the video. Select an entrepreneurial area of your interest by industry consumer, health, finance, etc. What has been changing in that industry? Brainstorm your 3 venture concepts. As a group, write the best of the group’s 3 ideas in NABC format and turn in on the Innovation Navigator (1.5 hour)

  3. Attend Zoom meeting on Nov 21 to discuss and better understand the assignment

Module 1: Approach to Innovation Nov 21

Team Assignment:

Prior to Nov 21, turn in your innovation navigator slides, per Module 0 (above). Then, attend Zoom meeting to discuss and better understand the assignment.

Module 2: Nov 28, Week of Team Meetings

Team Assignment:

  1. Zoom Meetings to be scheduled for each team. 45 min each.

  2. Be prepared to explain the venture project in NABC format, per the assignment in the last module.

Individual Assignment by end of week of Module 2:

  1. Watch this video on the right.

  2. Evaluate yourself on logic, comfort zone, grit, EQ. Try taking a test at Reflect on your strengths and weaknesses. You may take feedback from up to 2 friends or colleagues. Explain where you are strong and what and how you can improve in 1 page or less. Turn in reflection.

Module 3: Dec 5 Innovation Leadership

Individual Assignment:

  1. Watch this video with Ion Stoica, UC Berkeley Professor.

  2. Individual Assignment: Reflection on innovation leadership. Pathway from researcher to entrepreneur. Turn in reflection on one page (30 min).

  3. Team Assignment: Download and print the Berkeley Method Meta-Canvas. Use it to mark progress of your venture. Scan and turn in. Canvas Slide, PDF (30 min)

  4. Attend Zoom session to discuss

Research Based New Ventures-2016-20 Min
Discussion Slides

Module 4: Dec 12 Wrap Up

Team Assignment:

  1. Watch this video about the 12 Principles of Innovation Engineering (originally presented at the end of a technical course at Berkeley)

  2. Turn in 1/2 page reflection on what is most relevant to your project from the ideas in this video.

  3. Zoom into the discussion

Path to research impact and commercialization.

Discuss holistic understanding:

  • Advanced technology is not enough

  • A logical business plan presentation is not the same a venture

  • A highly skilled team is not enough.

  • Activity is not the same as progress


What is the Innovation Engineering framework?

Innovation Engineering: A framework to create or transformation anything aided by aligning human talent in an efficient, effective, and positive manner. This framework offers practical guidance useful in large firms, research labs, new ventures, or even innovative student projects.

Learn More about Innovation Engineering here

Innovation Engineering Book at Amazon